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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: April 22 Edition

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We’ve had lots of new Duke basketball recruiting developments over the past week.

While Blue Devil fans are still eagerly awaiting an announcement from 2016 5-star center Marques Bolden, the Duke coaches have also been busy on the road, extending offers to targets in future classes.

Every Friday, the Duke basketball recruiting roundup features some of the biggest stories related to Duke commitments and targets.

Here are the highlights from this past week.

Breaking Down the Top Prospects in the 2017 Class

It’s a rather awkward video, but numerous Duke targets were mentioned in this feature by Sports Illustrated that looks at some of the top prospects in the 2017 class who are competing in the EYBL. Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter, Trae Young, and Kevin Knox all hold offers from the Blue Devils, and Duke has reportedly made Bamba and Knox two of its biggest priorities for the class of 2017.

Duke Offers 2017 5-star Hamidou Diallo

After seeing him in action at the Nike EYBL in Brooklyn last weekend, it didn’t take long for the Duke coaching staff to extend a scholarship offer to Hamidou Diallo, according to 247Sports. The 6’4”, 170-pound shooting guard from Putnam Science Academy in New York is the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 8 overall player in the 247Sports Composite.

Duke Offers 2018 5-star Romeo Langford

In addition to offering a scholarship to Diallo, the top-ranked shooting guard in the 2017 class, Duke also extended an offer to Romeo Langford, the top-ranked shooting guard in the class of 2018. Langford is a 6’4”, 170-pounder from New Albany, IN. It was a huge week for Langford, who also received offers from Kentucky and Kansas. As a sophomore, he averaged 29.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while helping lead his high school team to a state title.

When Will Marques Bolden Decide?

Marques Bolden is one of the few elite 2016 recruits still undecided on where he’ll be attending college, which has various fanbases on pins and needles, especially Duke and Kentucky. According to this report from Kyle Tucker for USA Today Sports and a quote from Evan Daniels of Scout, a decision and announcement could come at any moment. There’s an outside chance that TCU could also be a factor in Bolden’s decision, though many believe it’s down to Duke and Kentucky.

Duke Offers 2017 PG Tremont Waters

Another offer extended by the Duke basketball program this week was to Tremont Waters, a 4-star point guard in the 2017 class, who tweeted about receiving the offer from the Blue Devils. Waters is a 5’11”, 160-pounder from New Haven, Conn., who’s the No. 11 point guard in his class in the 247Sports Composite. According to D1Circuit, Waters was very impressive at the Nike EYBL in Brooklyn last weekend, averaging 17 points, 5 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.3 steals.

Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup! If you have questions, let me know on Twitter at @davidmaldridge.

One comment

  1. Well, I guess I hope they get all of them if the worst case scenario plays out;  we’ll be losing Jefferson and Jones to graduation, Tatum and Giles are OAD’s–potentially Jackson as well and it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if Allen left too leaving us with Jeter and Kennard as the only contributing returners.  Personally, I don’t think Bolden is an OAD and it would be nice IF we could land him and KEEP Jeter (he could go the Thornton route if Bolden commits to Duke). Best case would be to return Allen, Kennard, Jeter and Bolden and then only need one or two to infuse with them–gotta wait and see what we get from Jack and Javin–probably only get a glimpse in the early exhibition and cupcake blowouts.

    But more importantly, I’m ready for a championship run!!!  They’ll have depth, size (all 6’4″+), perimeter shooting, post scoring, rebounding, improved rim protection and loads of elite talent–they just need to find the right chemistry and become a true team.

    Biggest question I have for this team is, how will they play with SG playing the role of PG?  In addition to his points per game increase, Allen also showed vastly improved ball handling and playmaking but he’s still not a PG–he led the team in assists but only at 3.5 per game and nowhere near the handles of Thornton.  Jackson, to me, looks to be an upgrade from Allen and Jones at the PG but potentially, although more talented overall, a downgrade from Thornton at the position.  Thornton made plenty of poor decisions but I felt that after a freshmen campaign and a full summer devoted to Duke basketball rather than finishing HS would be big for him.  Now if Jackson can prove that he can stay in front of quick PG and handle the press (especially UL) then I would be happy to be wrong it’s just that I see Jackson as a SG and I don’t often see players out of position play well for the entire year–but it would be great for him if he could–6’4″ is good size for an NBA PG but a bit short for SG at the next level.

    What I really look forward to this year is being able to watch them get after it on the defensive side of the ball with their added depth lessening the burden of foul trouble.  I’m equally curious to see how the minutes get divided–Allen, Jones, Kennard, Tatum, Giles, Jefferson and Jackson are all worthy of starter minutes.  That’s seven players and K doesn’t give the 8th man much PT and if Bolder becomes a blue devil, then somebody on the perimeter will draw the short end of the stick–I know 8 players could get 25 mins per in theory but K will likely have his top 7 play more and the 8th probably around 13-17 with this group.  Also, with K’s willingness to play small ball (I don’t see it happening as much this season), and being the 9th man, what would become of Jeter and his time at Duke?..  I don’t want UK to get Bolden and have kinda been wishing that he heads to TCU.  If Jefferson or Giles don’t stay healthy, I’ll eat those words in a heartbeat.